Shopping for an LMS is not easy. With over 600 options on the market, and so little time—how can you be sure that the product you’re allocating budget to will have everything you need? If only there was some sort of criteria… We have over 20 years of experience in training and learning, so we can shed some light on what to look for when shopping for an LMS that’s a right fit for your organization.
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“A data driven approach is used to optimize how your organization manages and deployes learning and development to support the execution of your business strategy” (Chief Learning Officer 2015). In our experience, most organizations understand the value of data, and are trying to use data to tune their operations. The challenge is rooted in a simple question: Where do you start?
Measuring the value to an organization is a complex, but important component of any training course or program. At the very base, training should have a purpose — To inform, to teach, to improve, and to teach. Introducing evaluation and tying it to performance will identify if learning has occured during and after training, and if job performance improvements have been realized. Measuring improvements in job performance will also provide valuable data for measuring the cost-benefits to the organization.
Last week we published an article on the Hidden Costs of an Open Source LMS - we covered services and extended features, including LMS Support, LMS Training, Setup & Configuration, Ongoing Support, LMS Reporting, and LMS Theming. This is Part 2.
As innovators in the eLearning space, we keep an eye on emerging trends, terms, and technology in the industry. Here are some of the top education technology trends that have been on our radar recently!
1. Virtual Reality
While basic forms of virtual realities have been around since the early 90’s, a more sophisticated model is expected to formulate and take off in the next year or so. Students can “visit” places virtually that they do not have physical access to — historical times, monuments, under the sea, other countries, and even outer space. Virtual realities can take history and science lessons to the next level!
The iceberg analogy is one we use often when discussing implementations. Buyers spend a great deal of time looking for the LMS features that they want, but rarely stop to think about the aspects under the surface - like training, or support. These “hidden” aspects are important to consider, and to know upfront when assessing a potential LMS, because they give you an understanding of where your money is going.
After such a busy year of new and improved products, features and capabilities in the open source LMS world, we thought we would put together a “2016 in Review” holiday reading guide to get you caught up on the latest and greatest news related to Moodle, Totara, and Lambda Learning Solutions.
This year brought an abundance of exciting new features and enhancements to Moodle, Totara, and Lambda Solutions - learn more in this series of short (but informative!) excerpts from some of our 2016 blog posts!
eCommerce integration is one of the most highly requested features for learning management systems like Moodle and Totara LMS. Why? Because a eCommerce integration for your LMS allows your eLearning departments to either become cost-neutral, or turn a profit - with the amount of money that goes into creating courses and programs, this is a welcome benefit.
Open source software is used by some of the world’s top organizations, like McDonalds, the US Department of Defense, and Google. You don’t have to look hard to find out why, as the benefits of open source software are endless. Open Source learning management systems cost less, they are highly flexible and they are more secure. Despite these positive features, there seems to be some common misconceptions surrounding open source technology. We would like to take this opportunity to debunk 3 common open source myths.
Topics: Open source
The idea behind online learning and eLearning, is to utilize technology to engage learners with course material in a dynamic and interactive way. Modern online courses often incorporate elements such as rich video production, audio narration, flash animation, interactive learning games, and more.
Topics: Moodle hosting